As I read more and more blogs, I find myself becoming jaded with a lot of them, and the seemingly endless sponsor-parade and bottomless closets of many bloggers. The blogs that are most interesting in me are the ones that are transparent about shopping, closet additions, and remixing outfits because sure, anyone can look good in sponsored items, and it's exciting to see brand new outfits every post, but realistically, most of us are working with limited items.
I guess what frustrates me is the waste and indifference that can result when bloggers are just modeling borrowed sponsor clothing instead of showing their true style. It's hard for me to imagine that kind of blogging, mainly because I budget hard for each month and really delight in the items I buy, even if they are quite modest.
Here are some of the items that I will be wearing over and over in the next month. I hope you find these mini-reviews helpful!
First up is this Forever21 shaggy layered jacket, one of my absolute favorite items ever. Imagine the softest animal you have ever petted. This jacket is softer. I know the layers of fringe makes my arms look like Chewbacca's, but the furriness is just irresistible . I would love to layer this as a shrug over a sparkly dress to bring some 1920's glamour to a party outfit. Note that the material is 100% polyester (not fur, because this is Forever21) and works better as a stole and not an external jacket.
Speaking of jackets, I was pleasantly surprised by this heart print cardigan. It's 100% cotton (Forever21 usually makes sweaters out of awful acrylic) and the buttons have a cool crest pattern on them. Although this color is sold out for now, here's a similar one in navy.
Another surprisingly well-made item for $22.80 is this crossbody box bag in a coral-blush color (as seen on my instagram). It has a double zip detail down the sides, and doesn't look cheap or overly shiny. Additionally, it retains its shape really well, even though it's 100% PU.
Of course, who can forget this printed maxi dress that I posted about a few days ago? I called it the "Mother of Dragons" dress, and it's unique pattern can't be beat.
Back to more basic items: I've been stalking Rag & Bone's black and white v-neck varsity sweater for a while now, and my Forever21 store happened to carry a dupe! The v is a little low, true to the original, but nothing too scandalous. While I can't find this item online, Forever21 also carries a more modest v-neck version ($27.90)
Now this grid pattern wrap-over skirt is the only item I'm not totally sold on. It's only $17, but the huge gold zipper on the back and the thin material makes me pause. I also ordered this ASOS peplum hem skirt in check print(now on sale for $25!) to compare and we'll see which grid skirt wins my heart.
Completing my order from F21: I took a gamble with these ankle boots. I still have last year's version but found this year's iteration to be far more classic-looking and comfortable. Ankle boots aren't my favorite shoes (they still bite into my leg at that awkward spot on my shin), but while I could barely walk one hour in last year's booties, I made a whole day of classes from 10AM to 4PM in this year's version without wanting to cut my feet off.
Additionally, the inner arch design of this year's version is just more forgiving for my foot shape. While I won't be wearing these boots for days when I have to stand around or walk to school, I'm overall pretty satisfied with my impulse buy (and these boots have an all-around 5-star rating on the website).
Last but not least: you've probably seen lots of bloggers featuring their tartan scarves by now. Here's a great deal on a plaid scarf from Charlotte Russe. Yes, it's 100% acrylic, but at $5 a pop, it was easy for me to pull the trigger (it was actually harder to choose which scarf I wanted to go home with!)